ROCKINGHAM — Two people are facing drug trafficking charges after a Monday afternoon raid by local and federal officers turned up more than 18 pounds of methamphetamine.
According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies, U.S. postal inspectors and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intercepted a package going to the Glenmore Drive residence of 39-year-old Michelle Denise McRae.
According to court documents, McRae and 19-year-old Kenyada Rakel Spencer, of the same address, were in possession of 8,624 grams — or 18.2 pounds— of meth with a street value of $816,480.
It is not yet known whether the meth was produced domestically or by one of the Mexican drug cartels.
McRae is also accused of using a Toyota Corolla to keep and sell the drug.
They were both arrested and charged with one count each of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance.
Spencer faces an additional charge of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.
They are both being held in the Richmond County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond and are scheduled to appear in court Sept. 5.
It is unclear if the pair will also be charged federally.
Spencer is currently on probation, serving a 24-month suspended sentence following a September 2018 conviction of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.
McRae has no prior convictions in the state.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.